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Library Newsletter January 2017

California History Lectures

Did you know just a few years before the U.S. Civil War, California voted to split into two states? Or that the Santa Ana Mountains were traversed by legendary lawman Wyatt Earp?  Did you know saber-tooth tigers once roamed freely in what is now Orange County?

California has a rich and diverse history. You can learn more about our fascinating past during the library’s three-part lecture series beginning in 2017. All programs are free and open to the public. Lectures are held in the City Hall Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center. To reserve your seat, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.

Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 p.m. Golden State in the Civil War

Historian Glenna Matthews presents the role of California during the U.S. Civil War. Among many topics, she will discuss how California’s politicians influenced the war, how gold funded Union efforts and the importance of surviving Sanitation Commission papers. She is the author of six books and a visiting professor at several universities throughout the state.

Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. Prehistoric California

Dr. Eric Scott presents prehistoric life in California and the various animals that lived here such as dinosaurs, tigers and horses. His fossils of prehistoric horses are currently on display in the library’s Heritage Room. Dr. Scott is a paleontologist and adjunct lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino. He also served as chief excavator at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Los Angeles for six years.

Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m. History of the Santa Ana Mountains

Author Patrick Mitchell discusses his book Santa Ana Mountains History, Habitat, and Hikes: On the Slopes of Old Saddleback and Beyond. The Santa Ana Mountains cover more than a thousand square miles of Southern California. Yet these mountains have remained largely undeveloped and were home to many early Californians and Native Americans. Patrick Mitchell is a naturalist for the City of Santa Ana and has also written a book about the Santa Ana River.


Attention High School Sophomores and Juniors!

Signup now to attend our series of free Sunday college workshops that focus on personality and choice of majors along with other college considerations you may not have considered.  You will receive access to online assessments two weeks before the first session.  After you complete the testing, the results will be analyzed and a certified test administrator will explain how knowing your personality type can help you choose a major or career.

Session 1: What does the MBTI 4-letter type say about my personality? - Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Session 2: How do my personality strengths relate to my choice of a major or career? - Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Session 3: Additional considerations when planning for college - Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The workshops take place in the City Hall Saddleback Room (directly across from the library at 200 Civic Center).  Register in person at the library’s “Ask Here” desk or by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Space is limited so register today!

Life in Mission Viejo Community Scanning Day

Market on the Lake Grand Opening BBQ from 1983Mission Viejo is barely 50 years old, but hundreds of thousands of people have lived, raised families and grown up in our community. Along the way, residents have snapped millions of photos of events – capturing the essence of this great city.  As such, we are seeking photos displaying family life in Mission Viejo.

With our local history digital collection, we have scanned and made available online more than 400 images highlighting our community's past and want to expand and grow our collection by inviting you to share your pictures. We will host scanning days and you can bring up to 20 photographs, which we'll scan and possibly add to our online archive. Once scanned, each original photo will be placed in an archival safe protector and returned to you along with a digital copy of each image on a USB drive.

We are hosting three scanning days offering appointments for 20-minute time slots between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The January 21 Scanning Day takes place at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Stay tuned for more information about the March 3 and April 8 events. Schedule your time slot by contacting 949-830-7100 ext. 5105 or libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.

These programs and materials are possible thanks to funding from a Library Service and Technology Act grant administered through the California State Library.

Bring Your Six-Word Poem to the Library

January 23-February 14

Write about the people and things you love.  It’s a poetry fest at the library to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  We need you to help us spread the love in the Mission Viejo Library.

Six-word love poems (or six-word love stories) can be submitted at the Adult Reference Desk or send your entry to libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org.  Be sure to include your name, email or phone number.  Entries will be accepted from January 23 through February 14, Valentine’s Day.  They will be displayed at the library through February.  Poems will be approved before being displayed.

All submissions will be entered into a drawing, and participants will have the chance to win a Starbucks gift card. The winner will be notified on February 15.

Check out these sites for ideas and examples: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/02/17/whats-your-6-word-love-story/ and http://www.smithmag.net/.  You can type “six-word love poem” in your favorite search engine for more information.

Complete information and instructions are available at the Adult Reference Desk.

Bookstore Bag Notice

For many years, the Friends’ Bookstore has provided donated recycled plastic and paper bags to our customers for their purchases.  However, with the recent passage of California Proposition 67 regarding the use of these type of bags, we can no longer provide them to our customers.  After January 1, 2017, please remember to bring your own bag or – better yet – buy one of our Friends’ book bags to use for your purchases.  Our blue cloth book bag with the Friends’ logo is large, durable and has long straps so that it can be used as a shoulder bag.   The $3 price for the bag covers its manufacturing cost and includes a small donation, which goes to support the library’s operations.

Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library!

Tap your creative side with 'Outside the Lines: Coloring for Adults'

Do your New Year’s resolutions include reducing stress, increasing mindfulness, and being a bit more creative? A few colored pencils are all it takes! Tap into your creative side and register today for the "Outside the Lines: Coloring for Adults" program.

Folks 18 and older are invited to take part in this free, unique program designed to provide adults with a creative and calm outlet.

Sponsored by the Mission Viejo Friends of the Library, the program takes place in three sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. January 10, February 14, and March 14 in the Saddleback Room at City Hall, 200 Civic Center.

Seating is limited for this fun program that includes materials and refreshments. To register, contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or libreference@cityofmissionviejo.org and provide your name, contact information and the desired session(s).

The Princeton Review practice SAT or ACT testing opportunity

Take the Princeton Review full-length practice SAT or practice ACT test (your choice) on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. sponsored by the Mission Viejo Library.  The test will be administered in the City of Mission Viejo Saddleback Room, 200 Civic Center.

Log on to princetonreview.com/product/offerings/313412 for the SAT or princetonreview.com/product/offerings/313462 for the ACT and use promo code MVLibrary to pay only $5 (a $20 discount) for testing materials.

The Score Back Night is Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. in the City Hall Council Chamber. Along with receiving a detailed score report showing strengths and weaknesses, students and parents will learn valuable testing techniques and about the current state of college admissions.

Email ebony.hudson@review.com or call 714-474-3802 for more information.  Register by January 6, 2017 if space is available.

Best Books of 2016

Drum roll please ... these are the picks for the Best Books of 2016!  The following titles are all available in the library.
Happy Reading in 2017!!

Here are six titles from the list of 90. Click here to retrieve the full list of best books.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlies Anders - FIC ANDERS, C.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen - BIO SPRINGSTEEN, B.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond - 339.460973 DES

The Mothers by Brit Bennett - FIC BENNET, B.

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich - 947.086092 ALE

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen - FIC NGUYEN, V.